Single-channel and multi-channel electronic pipettes:
Andrew+ is capable of manipulating Andrew Alliance electronic pipettes, both single-channel and 8-channel models.
The same pipettes can be used in manual mode or using Pipette+.
To allow Andrew+ to handle those pipettes, it is necessary to equip each Andrew Alliance electronic pipette with a pipette adaptor.
In particular, there are two types of pipette adaptor: one model for single-channel pipettes and one model for 8-channel pipettes, see below examples:
Part numbers: 718.4001 for single-channel pipette, 718.4101 for 8-channel pipette
*** CAUTION: DO NOT forget to equip each Andrew Alliance electronic pipette with a PIPETTE ADAPTOR before placing it into Andrew+’s tool stand and DO NOT put pipettes other than Andrew Alliance branded electronic pipettes in the tool stand of Andrew+
How to equip Andrew Alliance pipette with pipette adaptor:
Select which pipette adaptor is required according to the type of pipette:
Open the pipette adaptor by pushing out the two small clamps present on its side with your thumbnails or gently with a tool (highlighted by the two arrows in the image below)
Separate the two parts of the pipette adaptor.
Position the pipette inside the pipette adaptor.
Once the pipette is correctly positioned, close the pipette adaptor.
Use the two clamps to secure the tightness of the pipette inside the pipette adaptor. Apply pressure and keep pressing the two parts of pipette adaptor with your hands, while closing the clamps.
Verify that the pipette adaptor is correctly installed.
Check the back of the pipette and verify that there are no markings visible when the pipette adaptor is installed, the image marked 'BAD' below shows an adapter that was installed too low on the pipette.
How to install Andrew Alliance pipettes on Andrew+ tool stand:
To equip Andrew+ with Andrew Alliance pipettes it is sufficient to place them in any available slot of the tool stand.
It is not necessary to turn on the pipettes before placing them.
The display of the pipette should be oriented toward the user as indicated in the picture above.
Please be sure that the metallic pins present on the side of the top of pipette are in contact with the metallic slots present in the slot of the tool stand.
The Labware gripper is a compact Bluetooth controlled device which allows Andrew+ to manipulate labware.
It is composed of two main parts: the clamp, whose geometry and shape can be different according to the consumable shape, and the body, responsible for the communication with Andrew+ and the control of the actuator.
The Labware gripper can be placed in any slot of the tool stand and it has two metallic pins on the side which allow the charging of the embedded battery and the serial communication with Andrew+.
Liquid level detector
The Liquid Level Detector (LLD) is a compact Bluetooth controlled device which allows Andrew+ to identify the location of liquid levels in consumables placed on its working deck by using ultrasonic waves. This process requires no contact with actual liquids, thus no risk of contamination and there is no need for conductive tips. It has the benefit of:
- Removing the need to manually enter the stock solution volumes during experiment preparation.
- Removing the possible user errors related to guessing liquid heights and volumes.
- Measures the position of the liquid level during the execution of an experiment (e.g. evaporation liquids).
The LLD does not require any pipette adaptor to be compatible with Andrew+ and it can be placed in any slot of the tool stand. It has two metallic pins on the side which allow the charging of the embedded battery and the serial communication with Andrew+.